How to Satisfy the Oral English Proficiency Requirement for a GSI Appointment
Prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language must satisfy the oral English proficiency requirement before they can be appointed to teach. Graduate students can satisfy the language proficiency requirement and be cleared to teach in one of the following ways:
- Achieve a TOEFL Speaking section score of 26 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last two years. Applicants for graduate study at UC Berkeley who have not taken the TOEFL yet should be sure to have their official TOEFL score report sent directly to UC Berkeley.
- Achieve an IELTS Speaking section score of 8 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test taken within the last two years. Applicants for graduate study at UC Berkeley who take the IELTS instead of TOEFL should be sure to have their official score report sent directly to UC Berkeley.
- Complete and be awarded an undergraduate degree (B.A. / B.S.) from an accredited college or university in the U.S.
- Take and pass the Oral Proficiency Test (OPT) administered on the Berkeley campus.
The table below shows what your language testing scores mean and next steps you may need to take before you can be appointed as a GSI.
To pass the OPT, you must achieve a score of 3- or above in pronunciation, question handling, and the final score. If you do not pass the OPT, you are advised to enroll in Lan Pro 380 so that you can work on your oral communication skills.
The process for determining what steps prospective GSIs need to take to fulfill the oral English proficiency requirement begins with filling out and submitting the Language Proficiency Questionnaire if they have not already done so.